Zack Keim is a singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh who draws inspiration from unexpected places. His 2022 single “Canyon” was born out of a moment of creative inspiration while he was driving around Washington, D.C., delivering food and singing voice memos into his phone. The catchy vocal hook “Can-yonnn!”, caught his ear and he began strumming the melody on his guitar. Soon enough, the song evolved into a lively folk-pop masterpiece.
This is Keim‘s first solo single since his debut album “First Step” in 2017, and it represents a remarkable leap forward for the artist. “Canyon” offers a tantalizing preview of Keim‘s upcoming sophomore album, “Battery Lane“. With its upbeat tempo and infectious energy, this song is a testament to Keim‘s songwriting prowess and his ability to find inspiration in even the most mundane of moments.
Keim is now returning with his standalone single “Better Days” where he explores new depths of sonic complexity. The song is a perfect blend of Keim‘s garage-rock roots and his artistic evolution, with a high-energy tempo that channels the spirit of both Ramones and Beach Boys. The harmonies create a wall of sound that is both powerful and intricate, while the vintage six-string textures add depth to the overall sonic landscape. Lyrically, “Better Days” is a poignant reflection on longing for the past, captured perfectly in the evocative music video directed by Costa. The song’s themes of nostalgia and yearning are brought to life in the cherry-colored diner setting, where the characters reflect on their lives and wish for a better future. Overall, “Better Days” is a testament to Keim‘s growth as a songwriter and musician, and a promising sign of what’s to come from this talented artist.
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